Dave makes his unforgettable debut headline performance on the Reading 2022 Main Stage
As the first headline act of this year’s festival, Streatham’s finest Dave kicked off Reading Festival 2022 with an explosive set this Friday night.
At just 24, the talented star raps, sings, plays guitar and piano – he sure is an incredibly talented artist. You can see his diverse range of influences in the music he produces, spanning from Afrobeats to gospel, to R&B. Back in 2019, he was a second-stage headliner, whereas tonight he had the captive attention of a massive, hyped-up audience as this year’s first headliner, and rightly so.
It’s been quite the journey for Dave so far, with his debut body of work ‘Psychodrama’ winning the Mercury Prize back in 2019, and ‘We’re All In This Alone Together’ becoming the biggest rap album in all of a decade. He mentions that he almost failed music in college, something no one could believe now judging by his awe-inspiring success. Some of his tracks also have a more political meaning, sending powerful messages about knife crime in the UK and its impact on a younger generation.
Dave spoiled us tonight with smash hits such as ‘Funky Friday’, ‘No Words’ and ‘Twenty to One’, which all went off with a bang. And that’s not all – not one, but two special guests joined Dave up on stage. First, AJ Tracey joined him for their anthem ‘Thiago Silva’ and later on in the set, Stormzy burst onto the stage, donned with love heart sunglasses to help perform their lockdown-lifted summer hit ‘Clash.’